While much of the buzz surrounding Jim Jones right now revolves around rumors of a new Dipset album, the rapper should feel excited about his business ventures outside of music. The Harlem artists recently served as a panelist at a SOURCE360 event titled, “Cannabis, Real Business: Learn About The Cannabis Industry.”
Jones talked about why so many nontraditional investors and businesses are eager to find a spot in the cannabis industry. He also debunked long-held stereotypes about rappers, business, and marijuana, indicating that artists aren’t just “users and abusers of the herb,” according to The Source. But he also warned against the breathless praise that marijuana can receive as alternative medicine and solution to the systemic addiction problems coursing through popular culture.
“Marijuana is a drug at the end of the day,” Jones told The Source. “It might not be the most destructive drug. I think statistically alcohol is the worst addictive drug that you can get involved with but let’s not forget the marijuana is a drug and anything you do too much of becomes an addiction and no addiction is good.”
Kassandra Freqerique, New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance, responded to Jones’ comments, indicating that the issue contains multitudes.
“Drug use is on a spectrum,” Freqerique said. “There are people that experiment, there are people that use, and there are people who have problematic relationships with drugs.”
But Jones also sat down for an interview with Black Enterprise to discuss the green rush and why now is the time to enter the cannabis industry.
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“Weed business is like the gold rush,” Jones said. “While the doors are open for people to get in — it’s relatively easy now — but the doors are open for you to get in. I’m lucky that I did get in because it won’t be open that long. I’m glad I’m part of the club.”
Last month, TMZ reported that Jim Jones was charged with possession of drugs, including marijuana, and firearm possession. Cops in Georgia — a state notorious for rappers getting busted on marijuana charges — claimed they had to engage in a high-speed chase with Jones and his driver following a routine traffic stop. Law enforcement allegedly found marijuana, vape cartridges, THC oil, two loaded pistols, Percocet, oxycodone, and a large stash of “petty cash.” Jones was released on a $7,000 bail.